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Contents 

Accessories and Supplies 

Back Spacing 

Carriage Release 

Cleaning 

Corona Folding Stand 

Cutting a Stencil 

Folding the Machine 

General Care of Machine 

Inserting Paper 

Introductory 

Line Lock 

Manifolding 

Oiling 

Operation of Shift Keys 

Operation of Two-color Device 

Paper Table Extension Arms 

Putting Machine in Case 

Renewing Ribbon „ 

Reversing Ribbon 

Setting Paper Fingers 

Spacing Between Lines 

Straightening or Adjusting Paper 

Starting a New Line 

Unpacking 

Use of Margin Stops 

Writing on Cards or Labels 

Writing on Ruled Lines 

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HOW TO USE 

CoronA 

The Personal Writing Machine 



Introductory 

In preparing this book the 
manufacturers of Corona 
have endeavored to explain 
the operation and care of 
their machine in the simplest 
manner possible. It is in- 
tended that the book be kept 
on hand for future reference. 
While possessing all the labor-saving devices of the modern 
correspondence typewriter, Corona is extremely simple in construc- 
tion and operation, there being only 692 parts as opposed to 2,000 
or 3,000 in the ordinary machine. However, the operator should 
not gain the impression that, because of its simplicity, it is not liable 
to derangement, if mistreated or neglected. 

Even though you are an experienced operator, read this book 
carefully. As you know, there are lots of ways of doing a thing — 
but only one right way. 

Unpacking and Putting in Condition for Use 

Remove case from box or carton and place flat on table with 
cover side up. (Handle is attached to cover.) Release catch by 
pressing button upward, open case and remove packing. 

Unfold typewriter by grasping carriage at both ends and lifting 
it back to its position on the frame. Now release Shift Lock (See 
Page 8) by pressing toward you. To positively insure the escape- 
ment from damage during transportation, Coronas are shipped 

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from the factory with the Carriage Release Lever tied to the 
Platen Knob. Remove this cord, depress the Back Space Key in 
order to release the escapement throwout, press back Paper Release 
Lever and the machine is ready to operate. 

Under ordinary conditions the machine is taken out of the case 
to be used, but it may be operated without removing from case, the 
lid being attached by "slip hinges" which permit removal, if desired. 

Setting Paper Fingers 



The Paper Fingers may be moved to the right or left by merely 
sliding. There is enough spring in them to permit of lifting when 
it is necessary to move them with paper in the machine. 

It will be found that the easiest way to move the Paper Fingers, 
is to extend the carriage until the finger to be moved is well exposed 
and then slide it by pressing against the lower portion. It is advis- 
able to set fingers to width of paper before inserting letter. 



Inserting Paper 






Slip paper between Platen and Paper Table, and while holding 
down firmly, give the Platen Knob a twirl. 

In order to facilitate the inserting of all paper in exactly the 
same position, a paper guide is provided on the Margin Release 
Lever. By pressing this lever toward you with left hand, it is 
brought into a position where it acts as a guide for the left edge of 
the paper. Thus uniform margins on a manuscript or long letter 
may be maintained without resetting the margin stop. 

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When it is necessary to make corrections in a letter, which has 
been removed from the machine, the space to be filled in can 
quickly be located by means of the scale on the Line Indicator. 
Thus : bring bottom of printed letters on a line with top of scaled 
wings. First press Paper Release toward you until it catches. 
Then locate any letter so that one of the white marks on the Line 
Indicator will come in the center of that letter. Now throw back 
Paper Release Lever so that paper will be held securely in position 
selected and move carriage until the space to be filled in comes 
opposite opening in Type Guide. 

If any difficulty is encountered in locating the exact writing 
line, raise the Platen Release Lever, thus freeing the Platen so that 
it may be turned to any position desired. 

When a number of carbon copies are to be made it is advisable 
to lock Paper Release while inserting. 

Straightening or Adjusting Paper 

Insert paper as described and feed through until several inches 

appear above the top of 
Paper Fingers. Then 
bring remainder of 
sheet forward until it 
touches portion you 
have fed through. Now 
press Paper Release for- 
ward until it catches, in 
order to free paper 
enough to permit of 
swinging it to left or 
right until corners of 
fed portion coincide 
with edges of the por- 
tion held in hand. 
(See illustration.) 








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Use of Margin Stops 



LINE SPACE LEVER 



INE SPACE 
ADJUSTER 




Corona is equipped with a right and left adjustable margin 
stop. In order to fix the margins at any predetermined points on 
the scale, tilt carriage forward until numbers on Back Rod can be 
plainly seen. Then press on knurled portion of a margin stop and 
slide to number corresponding with that selected on front scale. 



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The left edge of Margin Stop should be fixed on the number 
desired. For example: if you wish to fix the left margin at the 
point 20 on the scale, set left adjustable stop with its left edge 
on 20. 

When the Right Margin Stop is set on a given number, for 
example 60, the carriage will lock on 61, after printing on 60. 
Should it be necessary to write a few more letters to complete a 
word which cannot be divided, touch the Line Lock Release Lever 
and the carriage will proceed to the end of scale, if Paper Finger 
is not set in too far. 

Line Lock 

Another feature of Corona is the positive Line Lock. By 
means of this simple device the type bars are automatically locked 
when the end of a line is reached; — thus preventing the very annoy- 
ing piling of letters at the end of a line. As a warning that you 
are approaching the end of a line the bell rings eight spaces before 
the carriage stops — after which, upon pressing the Line Lock 
Release Lever the carriage will proceed to the end of the scale as 
previously explained. 

Writing on Ruled Lines 

The Platen Release is at the left end of the carriage. When it 
is desired to write on ruled lines, fill in blanks, etc., raise this 
release. The Platen may then be turned freely without regard to 
regular spacing. (See Inserting Paper.) 

Spacing Between Lines 

To space between lines, press back the Line Space Lever with 
thumb, as far as it will go. Time will be saved if this operation is 
performed simultaneously with the return of carriage to the head 
of a new line. 

Distance between lines is regulated by means of the Line Space 
Adjuster. Turn the Adjuster back for double space and forward 
for single space. 

For irregular spacing see "Writing on Ruled Lines/' 



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Paper Table Extension Arms 

These arms may be swung up so as to form an extension to the 
paper table. They are particularly useful when machine is being 
operated in a confined space or a "book" of carbons is being made. 

Operation of Shift Keys 

The Shift Keys are the two large black keys marked "Fig" and 

"Cap." 

To write a capital letter — hold down the key marked "Cap," 
at the same time striking the desired letter. 

To write a numeral or any one of the characters shown on 
upper portion of keys — hold down the key marked "Fig." 

If it is desired to write a line of capital letters the capital shift 
key may be locked in position by holding it down and pressing 
back the Shift Lock. 

The figure shift key may be locked in the same manner. 

To release the lock, press forward. 

Starting a New Line 

Push the carriage to the right as far as it will go, at the same 
time operating the Line Space Lever, as described under "Spacing 
Between Lines." 

Back Spacing 

When, for any reason, it is desired to move the carriage back 
to the right one or two spaces, the Back Space Key should be used. 
This key will move the carriage one space at a time. It should 
be allowed to spring back to its normal position before being 
depressed a second time. 

Carriage Release 

The Carriage Release permits the carriage to move to the left. 
It may be operated from either end of the carriage. Press it 
forward. 

Operation of Two-Color Device 

Printing in either of two colors is regulated by means of the 
Ribbon Indicator. This indicator has two positions on the colored 
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1. To print with upper portion of ribbon, shift indicator to 
left. (Black.) 

2. To print with lower portion of ribbon, shift indicator to 
right. (Red.) 

Cutting a Stencil 

Corona has clean, sharp type and a powerful stroke. It is 
therefore an excellent machine for cutting the stencils used on 
rotary duplicating machines. 

To cut a stencil : First wash the type thoroughly as directed 
under "Cleaning." Then slip the ribbon out of the slots in ribbon 
vibrator. Loosen nuts on both ribbon spools, allowing ribbon to 
hang suspended between the two spools. The spools need not be 
removed. 

Reversing Ribbon 

When one spool is nearly full the ribbon should be reversed. 
This is done by loosening the Ribbon Spool Nut on top of the full 
spool and tightening the nut on the empty one. Particular atten- 
tion is called to the fact that one spool must always be loose, other- 
wise the ribbon will be pulled in both directions at once and the 
machine will refuse to operate. 

Writing on Cards or Labels 

It will be noticed that both the Paper Fingers and the Margin 
Stops on Corona may be moved close together. 

For card writing, it is advisable 

to move the Paper Fingers so that 

they rest on the edges of the card. 

\ The same applies to large labels, 

I but for small labels and stiff 

| cards our label holding attachment 

should be employed. This simple 

device snaps on the platen and 

revolves with it. The method of 

inserting a labef is clearly shown in the accompanying illustration. 

Stiff cards should be fed into the machine in the usual way, 




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after which the label 
holder should be snapped 
into place with its edge 
lapping the top of card. 
It will hold the card 
firmly against the platen. 
When it is desired to 
quickly remove the label 
holder from the platen, 
press the front scale with 
the left thumb and twirl 
the platen in the direction 
opposite to that which it 
normally takes. The label 
holder will catch on the 
scale and peel off without the least trouble. 

Renewing Ribbon 
The ribbon of Corona is seven yards long and one-half inch 

wide and is supplied by 
us and our agents, wound 
on the regular metal 
spools with which the 
machine is equipped. 
Owing to its odd length, 
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not interchangeable with 

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^^B Do not attempt to use a 

^B longer ribbon, as it will 

only bulk up and inter- 
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of the ribbon mechanism. 
In changing a worn 
ribbon, first wind it all on one spool, then remove the Ribbon 
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This permits you to take off the spool containing the worn 
ribbon and replace it with a fresh one. Now attach the loose end 
of the fresh ribbon to empty spool as follows: 

1. Fold back end of ribbon so that it will form a loop and 
grasp between thumb and forefinger of right hand as illustrated in 
Cut A. 

2. Holding spool in left hand, slip loop of ribbon over sleeve 
of spool. (See Cut B.) 



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3. Squeeze thumb and forefinger together so as to tighten loop 
on spool, being very careful to have edge of ribbon just touching 
top of spool. 

4. Take clip, removed from empty spool, in left hand and snap 
on over ribbon. The whole secret lies in keeping the loop of ribbon 
so tight on the sleeve of spool that its position cannot be disturbed 
by snapping on the clip. 

The ribbon must now be inserted in slot of vibrator. 

Note — In order that the vibrator may be raised to an accessible 
position, set indicator for red, depress space bar and slip post card 
or envelope between space bar and bottom of lowest bank of keys. 
This will hold the vibrator up and will leave operator with both 
hands free. (See illustration.) 

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In but few machines is it possible to renew the ribbon with as 
little trouble as is the case with Corona. However, there are one 
or two points that should be remembered. 

1. Never bend the vibrator. 

2. Note carefully the manner in which the ribbon is carried to 
the back of the right-hand spool and to the front of the left one — 
thus permitting both spools to wind clockwise. 

Note also, that ribbon passes through Vibrator in such a way 
as to cover the diagonal slots through which it has been inserted. 

Manifolding 

Corona has a powerful stroke which enables the operator to do 
heavy manifolding without pounding. 

A medium weight carbon is recommended "For general purposes 
where only one or two copies are desired ; but at times a large 
number are required and in such cases, a light weight carbon and 
onion skin paper should be used. 

For instructions regarding the proper way to insert a number 
of carbons in machine, see "Inserting Paper." 

Oiling 

The parts to be oiled are clearly indicated in the accompanying 
illustration, which shows machine folded with carriage cover plate 
removed. 

Always use special oiler provided. Merely touch parts with 
wire and then wipe off superfluous oil. In addition to parts indi- 
cated on preceding page, oil the following: 

1 . Roller Bearing, on back of carriage. 

2. Spring Gib, attached to type guide behind scale. Acces- 
sible when carriage is at extreme left or right. 

3. Ball Race, wipe out with oily rag. Accessible when car- 
riage is at extreme right or left. 

4. Rollers on ribbon vibrator arm. 

Cleaning 
It is well to remember that if a typewriter is kept clean it it 
much less liable to get out of repair than if dirt is allowed to collect 
and work into the wearing parts. 

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To clean type, dip brush into a little gasoline, shake out and 
scrub type until they show up bright. The best way to get at them 
is from back of machine, with carriage folded. 

Nickeled parts should be wiped off occasionally with an oily rag. 

If slots in Type Bar Segment become clogged with dust and 
erasings, brush out, and if necessary, flush with gasoline — then oil. 

Putting Machine in Case 

It is well to place Corona in its case before folding it. The 
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small lug or cleat on the bottom of the case must project upward 
through the plate which carries the little rubber bumper for the 
space bar. Press the machine over this lug first and then down 
over the rear cleats — which come inside the frame, If, when 
attempting to close the lid of the case, after folding the machine, it 
does not seem to fit — the trouble will be found to lie with the 




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Method of Putting Machine in Case 

hinges, which being made to permit of removing lid have allowed 
lid to slide to one side. 

Folding the Machine 

^ 1. Push back Shift Lock, without depressing either of the 
Shift Keys. 

2. Lock Escapement Throwout as follows : Push carriage to 
right, grasp Platen Knob with right hand and push the throwout 
back with the thumb. Holding it in this position, allow the car- 
riage to move to the left until the throwout engages the notch in 
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3. Now take hold of the carriage at both ends and fold over 
onto the keyboard. 

General Care of Machine 

Tighten a screw if it works loose, but don't unscrew an)', as 
you may throw some part out of adjustment. 

If you experience a little trouble with your Corona, look 
through this instruction book to see that you have not neglected 
anything. Then, if you are still unable to locate the difficulty, 
either write us or call upon our nearest agent. 

In writing us about your machine, always mention its serial 
number. This number is stamped on the inside of the frame, at 
the back and close to the lower edge. 

Corona Folding Stand 

To set up the Folding Stand, first pull out the telescopic legs, 
making sure that the catch on each joint has locked. Then raise 
the arms and extend the paper leaf if desired. 

Before placing Corona on the stand it is well to make sure that 
the hinged braces, which support the arms, are fully opened. 

Insert front of machine in the hook of the stand, then press 
back feet into the two cups. 

In closing stand, first fold paper leaf, then arms, then telescope 
the legs by holding down catches and forcing the smaller sections 
into the larger. 

The opening and closing of this stand is much easier than the 
above instructions would lead one to suppose, for both operations 
can be performed in less than half a minute. 

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Accessories and Supplies 

Corona dealers carry a full line of Corona Supplies, including 
''Pigeon Brand" ribbons and carbon paper. For the convenience 
of Corona users who are so located as to be out of touch with any 
dealer, we are prepared to fill mail orders for anv of the supplies 
listed below: 

PIGEON BRAND RIBBONS 

For Models Nos. 1 and 2, Standard Folding Model No. 3 Corona, 

Record, Copy and Hectograph. 
Carbon Paper (Boxes of 100 sheets) 
Medium and Light Weight, 
Black, Blue and Purple. 
Combination Paper Packages 

Containing 100 sheets White Bond Paper, 
100 sheets Copy Paper, 
Carbon Paper. 
Corina Label Holder Attachment. 
Touch Method Instruction Books. 
Rest Keys. Felt Mats. 

Type Brushes. Rubber Dust Covers. 

Typewriter Oil. "One Drop" Oil Cans. 

Folding Stands. 

We urgently recommend the use of none but "Pigeon Brand" 
ribbons on Corona. 

We have a variety of colors in "Pigeon Brand" ribbons and 
can supply any of the following in either single or two color, record 
or copy: Black, Blue, Purple, Green, Red. We also have special 
purpose ribbons, such as: Black copy Black, Black copy Blue, 
Purple Hectograph and Purple Rapid Roller. 

All "Pigeon Brand" ribbons are wound on the regular spools 
with which we equip Corona. 

For prices and complete information concerning ribbons and 
accessories, and our line of leather carrying cases, Two Story Bags, 
and Gladstones — all specially fitted to accommodate Corona — write 
for Accessories Folder and Luggage Booklet. 

Corona Typewriter Company, Inc. 

Groton, N. Y., U. S. A. 

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WARNING 

Don't leave your Corona where anyone 
can pick it up. It's a simple matter for a 
thief to get away with one of these machines 
and owners should keep this fact in mind. 

If it should happen that your machine is 
stolen, lose no time in reporting full details 
to us and be sure to give serial number. 

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